Re-municipalization of public services: trend or hype?

Judith Clifton*, Mildred E. Warner, Raymond Gradus, Germà Bel

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Re-municipalization is part of a broader set of reverse privatization
reforms. We argue the term re-municipalization lacks conceptual
clarity, confusing municipal level reversals from national ones, new
service delivery from reversals, and mixed market positions from full
public control. This conceptual confusion makes measurement of
re-municipalization difficult. While more case studies are being
discovered, quantitative time series studies do not show re-municipalization
is increasing. Much case study based research argues
re-municipalization is politically transformative, but quantitative
research generally finds re-municipalization to be part of a pragmatic
market management process, a position confirmed by the
papers in this special issue.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-304
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Economic Policy Reform
Issue number3
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Nov 2019


  • Public Services
  • Re-municipalization
  • Reverse privatization


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